For better or worse, Canada had to step up in Afghanistan

There is not a lot of good that can be said about the war in Afghanistan—or any war, for that matter—but there is perhaps, some good that can be taken from it. The Washington Post’s exposé on the Afghanistan Papers provides overwhelming evidence of the war’s shortcomings, detailing a litany of mistakes, failures and...
  • The original sat in a musty filing cabinet in the Halifax office of The Canadian Press for years: a sheaf of rice paper, its first page scrawled with the words “Passed by Censor 1942” across the top, just above the typed “BULLETIN.” It was dated...
  • Filmmaker Garth Pritchard: The good fight

    October 9, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
      “F/8 and be there” has been Garth Pritchard’s camera-ready mantra over more than 50 years as a journalist, rancher and raconteur. And the robust Alberta-based filmmaker has been all over the world with Canadian troops, from Africa and Burma to Afghanistan and the Balkans....
  • Hitler, Raeder, and the demise of the Kriegsmarine

    October 2, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
      Given his obsessive, hands-on leadership, intolerance of failure, and penchant for brutal punishment, it had to be more than a little disconcerting when an infuriated Adolf Hitler learned details of a major sea battle from a British news agency hours before his own admirals...
  • The costs of war (Part 2): Military greenhouse gas emissions

    September 25, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    A series of reports produced by the Costs of War Project says the American military is contributing significantly to climate change, emitting more greenhouse gases than some developed countries and compromising national security in the process. The United States Department of Defense is “the world’s...
  • U.S. has spent $5.9 trillion on wars since 9/11, report says

    September 18, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The United States has spent $5.9 trillion on wars that have killed 480,000 people since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, says a new report. More than 244,000 civilians have been killed in the fighting, which has created 21 million refugees and displaced persons,...
  • Warbirds then and now

    September 11, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Warbirds of every shape and size were on display at the 2019 Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Air Show on Sept 6-8. Here are a few: Click on photos to...
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